A New History of Management: CUP

8 02 2018

AS: I’m sharing a  video that introduces some of the ideas developed in  A New History of Management, which has been published by Cambridge University Press. The authors are John Hassard (Manchester Business School), Michael Rowlinson (University of Exeter), Stephen Cummings (Victoria University of Wellington), and Todd Bridgman (Victoria University of Wellington).

Book description: Existing narratives about how we should organize are built upon, and reinforce, a concept of ‘good management’ derived from what is assumed to be a fundamental need to increase efficiency. But this assumption is based on a presentist, monocultural, and generally limited view of management’s past. A New History of Management disputes these foundations. By reassessing conventional perspectives on past management theories and providing a new critical outline of present-day management, it highlights alternative conceptions of ‘good management’ focused on ethical aims, sustainability, and alternative views of good practice. From this new historical perspective, existing assumptions can be countered and simplistic views disputed, offering a platform from which graduate students, researchers, and reflective practitioners can develop alternative approaches for managing and organizing in the twenty-first century.

 


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